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Old 11-16-2010, 08:46 AM
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OMG! 30 states consider the income of a pregnant teen's parents when determining eligebility for Medicaid.

Basis of Income Eligibility for Pregnant Teenagers
In the case of pregnant teenagers, determining Medicaid eligibility can be complicated.
Depending on specific living arrangements, different sources of income are counted to
determine income eligibility, including the teen’s, the teen’s parents, and the teen’s spouse.
Many states attach income eligibility criteria for pregnant teenagers to the teen’s residence.
For example, Arizona considers the income of the pregnant teen’s parents if the teen is less
than 18 years of age, lives with a parent, and is not married; however, if the pregnant teen does
not live with a parent, is over 18, or is married, then her own income is counted. Furthermore, if
the pregnant teen is married, her spouse’s income is also included in determining income
eligibility. In some states, such as Florida and Idaho, both the income of the parents and the
pregnant teen’s own income are counted, no matter the teen’s residence.
In order to determine income eligibility for pregnant teenagers:
�� 30 states and DC consider the income of the pregnant teenager’s parents;
�� 33 states and DC consider the pregnant teenager’s own income; and
�� 3 states respond that they consider the income of the pregnant teenager’s spouse (if the
teenager is married).
There's a chart on page 11 listing all of the states. (My state considers parents' income too!)

Info is missing for North Carolina though, but it doesn't look good for the OP's relative.
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